Every cookout has its staples: burgers, potato salad, chopped salad, and of course, hot dogs. But head over to the Upper Midwest and you’ll find that the average hot dog pales in comparison to their sausage selection! Wisconsin Brats simmer the deeply seasoned pork bundles in a sweet, rich, and malty beer mixture before grilling them to juicy, savory perfection. They’re even served with onions simmered in the same butter-beer mixture for extra delight. Juicy, savory, and infused with Midwest magic, Wisconsin Brats elevate barbeques and cookouts with their boldness and spice. Those Wisconsinites know how to grill up a treat!

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  • 2 pounds fresh bratwurst sausages
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup butter
  • 6 (12-ounce) cans beer
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 10 hoagie rolls


Step 1 –Prick the bratwurst with a fork all over.

Step 2 –Place the bratwurst in a large stock pot with the onions, the butter, and the beer.

Step 3 –Place the pot over medium heat and allow the brat mixture to simmer until the brats are partially cooked, for about 15-20 minutes.

Step 4 –Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

Step 5 –Lightly grease the grill grates.

Step 6 –Place the bratwursts on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, until browned evenly and cooked through, for about 10-14 minutes.

Step 7 –Serve hot off the grill with the onions on the hoagie rolls.